So I have a buddy that just joined, and while I do not try to interfer from his learning from superior instructors, I do give him tips on his rolls after class. One of them was basics of different positions, and what you should be watching out for/doing in each position. One that stood at to him the most was that if he is in someones guard he should be focusing on his posture and breaking the guard, and escaping. Told him he is not in a good position and this is not a position to use offensive moves. Well in class the other night he watched me get choked out from a guy I had in my guard. I was caught off and didnt protect my neck. I was controlling the sleeves but than he dropped his weight and arms on my neck and continued to push in my trachia. I tapped as it was just painful and felt like my windpipe was caved in. Honestly, it mightve been an effective choke to get me to tap, but seemed more of a 'strike' than a choke' . My buddy sees this and now is questioning my advice of not going for chokes when in someones guard. whats your opinions, if you see the neck open do you go for chokes from the guard, as you normally would if you had mount? --other advice given: *under someones mount, dont attach or try to benchpress, rather defend the neck, keep elbows in and shrimp. *if your back is open and about to be taken -- elbows to knees, hands to neck...this blocks underhooks and the neck. * if you're in someones sidecontrol....arm between you and opponents neck....shrimp back to full guard. -----feel free to add -- had a few mins at work and a simple post turned into a ramble on several things.